Leeds City Walking Tours
Engaging, knowledgeable, experienced and audible guide
I'm Rachael Unsworth, urban geographer and enthusiastic communicator.
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Are you interested in a private tour for your group, company or family?
Brief appearance in 'A House Through Time' BBC2 Sept 2021 (Episode 1, near the end)
Click here for some short tours recorded for East Leeds FM.
And here I talk about the River Aire flowing through Leeds:
If you attend a free online event, I invite contributions here:
Prepare to be hooked on the history and geography of our regional capital
John Barran - born 3 August 1821 - entrepreneur in business and civic life
Celebrate the contributions to Leeds of this remarkable, far-sighted businessman, innovator and politician, who lived 1821-1905.
Arriving in Leeds as a young man, he established a tailoring business and brought in ground-breaking machinery to revolutionise the pace and scale of production. He could be said to have invented ready-made clothing.
As a town councillor, he supported many improvements and 150 years ago, while serving as mayor, he audaciously secured a public asset still much appreciated today: Roundhay Park.
Tour of parts of the city centre
See sites connected with Barran’s commercial & civic life.
Book here for tour of Roundhay Park
11:00 Sunday 14 November (with a minute's silence at the start).
You'll learn the story of why it came on the market in 1871, the struggle that Barran and colleagues had to acquire the Park, and the efforts to make it accessible to the growing population of Leeds.
Commission your own special tour?
a general introduction to the city - with start and finish to suit you
one of the topics you can find here
a theme that fits with the interests and stamina of your family/friends
a route that will strike a chord with your organisation's focus - such as engineering history, greening of the city, an aspect of architectural history. (I've taken on some interesting challenges).
Give me a call: 07712 739153
Want reassurance that this will be worthwhile and enjoyable? Read some of the reviews left by walkers since early 2019.
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as a welcome to Leeds
as a birthday🎁 or Christmas present 🎄
Request a voucher with the name of the recipient(s) - you can specify the wording and choose a topic or leave it up to the guest to choose.
Each voucher includes a unique code to be quoted on booking a tour.
Leeds in 1821
Two hundred years ago Leeds was in the thick of the ‘industrial revolution’. Who were the influential people and what were the main events of note? How were the townspeople earning their living and what were they concerned about? What was the state of health care, education and cultural life? How did people, materials, goods, energy and ideas move around? Where was it all heading?
We’ll meet some of the characters and see some of the places where they lived and learned, worked and worshipped, dispensed medical care, justice, credit or beer.
Drawing on the newly published trade directory, the 1821 Census, biographies, maps and more we’ll conjure a sense of late Georgian Leeds – minus the smoke.
Book here for talk at 10:30 Thursday 2 December - a Leeds Museum and Leeds Phil & Lit event
Book here for 29 December
Afternoon - Part 2
A tour for alumni returning to Leeds after 50 years
The group asked for a campus tour in the morning of their reunion. After a pub lunch they came with me to see how much of the city centre they still recognised. Some surprises were in store. as well as some familiar old favourites.
"Everybody found the itinerary interesting and they all enjoyed your commentary. It was particularly interesting to see bits of Leeds that we didn't know existed and to hear about its evolution and plans for the future. I was amazed how much knowledge you were able to share with us. The tour certainly helped to make our reunion weekend a successful one”.